Greetings! I have spent the cold and snowy February creating books and adding venues to the calendar. Read on for details . . .
A Butterfly Journey
I recently created an encaustic-covered book as my submission to The Fairy Tale Project, an art event sponsored by The Piedmont Opera company. The exhibit was planned in conjunction with the production of Mozart's Magic Flute and asked school children to write original fairy tales.
Then members of Associated Artists and Delta Fine Arts were asked to create art inspired by the child's story. My chosen story, A Butterfly Journey, tells of a young girl who gets sick from eating milkweed and her two sisters who have amazing and magical adventures in their efforts to save her. While the encaustic covers and caterpillar stitching are impressive, I also illustrated the interior with handmade paper (made from milkweed!), silhouette characters, and pop-up butterflies. The book was well-received by the child author and her parents, who purchased it at the opening reception of the exhibit.
In early February we had a great time at the Sawtooth Center learning to create paper from local fibers - bamboo, iris, daffodil, and cattail - along with recycled cotton paper pulp. Between snow storms, I traveled to Asheville to teach bookmaking at the Deerfield Retirement Community. The folks worked intently and were pleased with the books they created. In May, I'll be returning to both venues, as well as demonstrating papermaking in Boone. Come join the fun! See the Workshops tab for all the upcoming attractions!